Cross- vs. within-racial judgments of attractiveness

Ira H. Bernstein, Tsai Ding Lin, Pamela McClellan

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Abstract

Subjects from two pairs of ethnic groups (Chinese and White in Experiment 1, Black and White in Experiment 2) judged the attractiveness of faces in yearbook pictures of persons that belonged to their own or to the other ethnic group. This was to see whether: (1) a given group would perceive more variation in the attractiveness of faces belonging to its own vs. the other ethnic group, as suggested by the cross-racial literature, for example, Malpass and Kravitz (1969), and (2) the two groups would use the same or different rules to define attractiveness. There were essentially no differences in perceived variation for cross- vs. within-racial judgments, but there were differences in the criteria used to define attractiveness. As expected, Black and White aesthetic criteria were more like one another than were Chinese and White criteria. Discussion centered around reconciling these findings with the recognition literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-503
Number of pages9
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1982

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Cross- vs. within-racial judgments of attractiveness. / Bernstein, Ira H.; Lin, Tsai Ding; McClellan, Pamela.

In: Perception & Psychophysics, Vol. 32, No. 6, 11.1982, p. 495-503.

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Bernstein, IH, Lin, TD & McClellan, P 1982, 'Cross- vs. within-racial judgments of attractiveness', Perception & Psychophysics, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 495-503. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03204202
Bernstein, Ira H. ; Lin, Tsai Ding ; McClellan, Pamela. / Cross- vs. within-racial judgments of attractiveness. In: Perception & Psychophysics. 1982 ; Vol. 32, No. 6. pp. 495-503.
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